“Most of the time, beauty lies in the simplest of things.”
― Winna Efendi
After a short stop over in the small town of Smithville, we soon arrived in Austin, the state capital of Texas.
We quickly found parking, and headed over to the Texas State Capitol, which “contains the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and the Office of the Governor.”
It was rather impressive, both the exterior and interior. But all I could think about upon approaching the building was: “I. Really. Need. To. Pee.“. Our entrance went a little like this:
Me to the security guard: “Excuse me, what exactly is inside this building?” (No research, we’d done no research..)
Guard: “Well this is the Texas State Capitol, the building is 130 years old, they make laws here, there’s a lot to see inside, they do guided tours..”
“Ah great…is there a restroom?”
“…Yes Mam there is…”
Fabulous. We joined the queue, had our bags checked, and ventured in to relieve our bladders and absorb some Texan history. Or try to, we were both feeling rather peckish by the time we’d made it inside, taken a few photos and been to the restroom, so we ended up spending a few minutes in the library and then leaving.
Despite the speedy visit, the library in itself was a highlight. Rows and rows of legislature, old newspapers dating back to the 1800s , and those elegant green and gold lamps often seen in such grand establishments. The furniture and interior deco was all immaculate. And of course the books. – Hundreds and hundreds of books, in pristine condition and perfectly ordered. I would describe the room as quite superb.
Because we arrived so late, we didn’t have time to hit all the tourist spots – we knew an hour for the Art Museum would not be enough..- but I was still delighted with our day.
Smithville + a bit of History + Yummy food + Exploring a new place + Sunshine + Good company = Happy Woman.